5 Reasons to Quit Your Job and Live Abroad

Posted March 11, 2013 by Lauren Manuel in Expat Life

Initially the mere thought of leaving your beloved family and everything you know may seem daunting, but the more you mull over the thought of change, the more appealing it becomes. I needed no excuse to quit my job other than the promise of travel, opportunity to set down my roots in a foreign place and escape my routine.  To live in another country is to learn, to expand your insight into humanity and alter your preconceptions.  To really discover what makes each corner of the earth unique is well worth the journey and something you can tell your children and grandchildren about for years to come.

Here are more reasons to pack it all up and become an expat.

 1. You can leave the politics and taxes of your country behind.

I was never big on politics to begin with, but the mind games and reoccurring governmental issues of your home land tend to weigh everyone down even those with a keen interest.  I admit, budgeting software and tax calculators are an integral part of life, but now that I’m not living in my own country, aside from twitter, I am free from having to concern myself with it daily.  Escaping paying taxes in your own country is like a second holiday and a break for your wallet.  Take this time to enjoy the financial freedom.

 2. You can learn another language.

I have such a love of languages and realized that there is no better way to learn one until you reside in the country where it’s spoken.  That way you’ll have to eventually get your tongue around it to buy groceries, find places and to get to know locals.  I never imagined that I would be able to read the Korean alphabet or speak any of it, but after living there for over a year, surprisingly I can.

 3. Immerse yourself in another way of life.

Whilst routines such as working, exercising, cooking and grocery shopping may remain the same no matter where you go, cultural differences dictate new ways of living.  After three months in Thailand, I have learnt how to cook Thai food using ingredients from the markets, I have come to know and love the gentle yet hardworking nature of Thai people and adopted many of their habits of transport, eating and past times.

4. Dabble in another career.

Unless your work is location independent, it’s unlikely that you will work in the same industry when moving to a new country.   Often the jobs available around the world in industries such as teaching, hospitality and childcare will be new to you.  I found leaving the office to be exhilarating and whilst I didn’t study teaching, it is the best way to earn good money, save and happens to be a job I really enjoy.

 5. You can obtain residency in another country.

Depending on your country of birth, this option will be available with varying degrees of difficulty.  If you’re from the EU, the world is your oyster.  If like me you’re from South Africa, it will take way longer to firstly obtain visas, work permits and residency in other countries. But for anyone, if you’re keen to stick out long enough in another place and have the necessary skills they desire, dual citizenship can open many doors for you and your family.

Have you thought of quitting your job to live abroad? Share your thoughts with us!

About the Author

Lauren Manuel

Six continents later, Lauren still has itchy feet and wanderlust for adventure in all corners of the earth. Together with her husband, she is traveling the world pausing only to find work, take photos and write. She is currently mentoring English teachers in rural Malaysia and sharing everything about her expat life on WildJunket. Follow her wanderings on The Travel Manuel .

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